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Allyson Felix golden in 200 on third try, Carmelita Jeter is 3rd

The two-time silver medalist in the event holds off 100 champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica in 21.88 seconds.

August 08, 2012|By Helene Elliott
  • Allyson Felix holds the U.S. flag as she takes a victory lap following her gold-medal run in the 200 meters Wednesday night in London.
Allyson Felix holds the U.S. flag as she takes a victory lap following her… (Bernd Thissen / European…)

LONDON -- After twice finishing second in the 200 meters at the Olympics, Allyson Felix of Los Angeles has a gold medal to call her own.

Wearing a ferocious expression and displaying blazing speed, Felix won in 21.88 seconds. Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica, the 100-meter champion here, was second in a personal-best 22.09 seconds, and Carmelita Jeter added a bronze medal to the silver she won in the 100 by taking third in 22.14 seconds.

Jamaica’s Veronica Campbell-Brown, who had won gold at Athens and Beijing, was fourth in 22.38 seconds. Sanya Richards-Ross, the 400-meter champion, was fifth in 22.39 seconds.

As she crossed the finish line, Felix raised her arms in joy and then bent over and clasped her hands.

She allowed herself a huge exhale before turning and raising her arms toward the appreciative crowd at the Olympic Stadium. Richards-Ross and Jeter were among the first to hug her.

Felix was then given an American flag and she draped it around her shoulders, beaming as the burden of being known as an Olympic runner-up was finally lifted from her shoulders.

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